How to Display Gif Images in React Native Android App

You can easily display gif images in ios but things are not the same in Android. In a normal straightforward case, the following snippet will work on ios but not on Android devices.

<Image source={{uri: ''}} />

Now, assume that I want to show the following gif from the giphy website. It’s a gif image in the webp format.

In order to get gif support on Android devices, you need to use the dependencies of Facebook’s Fresco library. Open YourProject>Android>App>build.gradle file and add the following lines to dependencies {} tag.

    // For animated GIF support
    implementation 'com.facebook.fresco:animated-gif:2.5.0'
    // For WebP support, including animated WebP
    implementation 'com.facebook.fresco:animated-webp:2.5.0'

As given in the comments, the dependencies are for gif support as well as for the animated webp format. If you want to know information about dependencies go here.

After adding the dependencies, the following code will work on Android devices. Don’t forget to run the project after adding dependencies using npx react-native run-android command.

import {StyleSheet, Image, View} from 'react-native';
import React from 'react';

const App = () => {
  return (
    <View style={styles.container}>
          uri: '',

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    alignItems: 'center',
  image: {
    height: 250,
    width: 250,

export default App;

The output of react native example for gif support in Android os will be as given below:

react native gif

That’s how you add gif support to react native android apps!

Similar Posts


Leave a Reply